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Friday, December 31, 2004

The 25 Dumbest Quotes of 2004 
From AlterNet.

Railroad murders expand into myth 

Physicians Now Accepting Bioenergy More Readily 

Peter Rabbit gets hieroglyph tale 

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Where are all the dead animals? Sri Lanka asks 

Monday, December 27, 2004

Medieval mural's tales of sorcery 

Tidal wave tragedy teaches humility  
Natural disasters ancient and modern.

The records of some ancient civilizations hint at even worse disasters in the distant past. The Shu-King, the records of the legendary Chinese Emperor Yao tell of an immense wave "that reached the sky" before it flooded the entire land of China. The account states, "The water was well up on the high mountains and the foothills could not be seen at all." According to the ancient Chinese records, it took years of massive public works and the labor of millions to drain the land.

Who is feeding the Bin Laden Legend? 
Robin Hood and Osama Bin laden.

Rumsfeld says Flight 93 was 'shot down' 
Slip of the tongue or the truth?

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Dale City man searches for sunken treasure 

UFO Sightings over Iranian nuclear installations  

Digging into mysteries 

Mercury, Mars, Venus in Rare Alignment 
A rare alignment and, apparently, the earth didn't like it.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

'Festivus' Shares Space With Fla. Nativity 
Happy Festivus, everyone. Enjoy the Feats of Strength and the Airing of the Grievances. Let's get that aluminum pole next to every nativity scene in the country. That ought to give Bill O'Reilly conniptions.

And here's an article from the New York Times that gives some good background on how the holiday was actually developed.

This all begs the question--is it a fake holiday if people actually celebrate it?

Fascinating note: The inventor of Festivus, Dan O'Keefe, wrote a book called "Stolen Lightning" (Vintage 1983), a work of sociology that explores the ways people use cults, astrology and the paranormal as a defense against social pressures.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Aromatherapy oils 'kill superbug' 

Janice Knowlton RIP 
Hex Correspondent Elisabeth Reynolds has uncovered a longer, more informative obituary of Janice Knowlton, author of "Daddy Was the Black Dahlia Killer". It's a pretty sad tale.

Thanks for the heads up, Elisabeth

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Teaching the kids kung fu 

Shaolin wushu impresses cops 

Ouch, My Third Eye Hurts!  

Author lives up to title of his book 
An interesting profile of Raymon Grace, healer and author of the wonderfully titled "The Future Is Yours - Do Something About It."

Couple found innocent of teen's slaying 
Another unsolved Juarez murder.

Click here for more information on the Juarez murders of roughly 400 women over the last decade.

Rosemary stars in ancient legends 
A nice profile on the Professor's favorite herb.

Surprising fact? "Rosemary oil is also a natural pesticide, which explains why it was once added to bedding to discourage bedbugs. Sprigs were once spread around a home's floor to deter fleas."

Carved Imagine May Be Ancient Map 

Winter solstice today evokes ancient rituals 
Happy Holidays, Pagans!

Battling Voodoo's Legacy, Christians Shine Light in Haiti 
More of that voodoo that you do.

Don't touch voodoo dolls, say Colombian cops 

"I was a middle-aged zombie" 

Motorists' 'weird' speed excuses 

Indonesian authorities probe mystery blasts 

Bank Heist 
A massive hunt was under way today for a hostage gang that looted vaults containing up to £30 million at Northern Bank's headquarters in central Belfast.

The raid, carried out yesterday evening, is believed to be the biggest ever cash robbery staged in UK criminal history.

That's $55 million US.

John Dee's Crystal Ball Stolen From Museum 

Monday, December 20, 2004

Knowlton, who believed her father was Black Dahlia killer, dead at 67 

Has the Ripper Been Found? The Astrology Behind the Whitechapel Murders 

Ohio Recount Stirs Trouble 

Bigfoot museum a fresh look at mysterious 'creature' 

Investigators probe theory that JonBenet killer has struck again 

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Da Vinci mystery gets more conjecture 

Marine Explorer Looks for Earhart Plane 

Friday, December 17, 2004

Author suing over Da Vinci bestseller 

September 11 conspiracy theorist offers prize  

In lone defense of Scott Peterson 

Mysterious booms have been noted for years 

Wichita's Non-Stop Nightmare  
More on BTK.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Authorities Examining Suspected 'BTK' Serial Killer Package 

Monday, December 13, 2004

Return of the Black Widow  
The story of Sandra Camille Bridewell must be read to be believed. The Anomalist recently linked to the latest Dallas Observer article on her "exploits" but there's also a previous article by the same writer, Glenna Whitley, that gives some great background. Part one "Return of the Black Widow" is here.

Part two, "Seductress of the Saints" is here.

Whitley is a great writer. Some of her other work may be found here.

Kudos to the Dallas Observer for running such interesting articles.

Gary Webb, Author of Controversial CIA/Crack Series, Dead in Apparent Suicide 

Church window 'has clue to Holy Grail' 

Riddle of 'Baghdad's batteries' 

Reporters give DNA samples in BTK case 

Texas School Distributes Calendar of Satanic, Sexual Rites 

Trying to Crack An Icy Mystery  

Case of the Sherlock Holmes fanatic 'who killed himself but made it look like murder' 

Mystery meteors slice sky tonight 

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The Secrets of Rennes-le-Chateau; Notes on a Strange World  
From the Skeptical Inquirer.


Monday, December 06, 2004

Black Dahlia Mailbag 
I received a very nice letter from Elisabeth Reynolds concerning my post about the CBS "48 Hours" Black Dahlia program. She's graciously allowed me to share it with you.

Dear Professor,

I read your blog entry "Black Dahlia Revisited". I also saw the "48 Hours" show in question, and read Steve Hodel's book.

You wondered what CBS's lawyers thought of Tamar Hodel calling director John Huston a raping pedophile. I think I know the answer to that: nothing. That's because, unless there's been some big, recent change in the law that I've somehow missed, dropping dead ends all one's legal protections against libel. It doesn't matter if you're long dead, like Huston, or still warm. As soon as you kick it, you're fair game for anything. Tamar could have said she saw Huston eating pan-fried baby-brains at center stage in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and nobody could do anything about it.

For what it's worth, my reading of Lawrence Grobel's biography of the Huston family would seem to indicate John has a pretty good chance of being out of the country at the time that Tamar's (calculatedly?) vague account places the alleged crime. But who's counting.

Likewise for Tamar contention that "dirty old" Man Ray took naked pictures of her pubescent self. Tamar and Steve present no evidence that this actually happened (like, say, any record of, you know, the pictures), but they don't have to. I'm sure the fact that Man Ray's oeuvre evinces no interest whatever in photographing or otherwise depicting nymphet types, clothed or not, won't slow them down, either.

It's enough to make you think that maybe there's a reason that two psychologists and half Tamar's relatives (including her maternal grandmother, accused molester George's ex-mother-in-law!) testified in court that she was a pathological liar.

Actually, the nekkid pictures story is nothing compared to some of the stuff about Man Ray that Hodel passes off as fact, as if nobody could catch him on it. Suffice it to say that if Man Ray were alive to sue, he and his libel lawyer would be rolling in dough faster than you could develop a rayograph.

Here's my favorite: The bit about how Man Ray had to hightail it back to France at the end of in 1949, because the cops were closing in on George and Man Ray knew he might be next. The Hodels' former boarder, Joe Barrett, vividly remembers the long talk he personally had with Man Ray in the Hodel house, on the very day Man Ray cleared out of town. Steve eagerly reports this as fact, and Tamar backs him up on it, too. Great story, right? Too bad that in what we laughingly call "real life", Man Ray didn't go back to France until March of 1951, a year after George Hodel had left the country and sold the house this conversation supposedly took place in. Old Joe gives Steve plenty of other juicy first-hand accounts for the book. I'm sure they're all just about as valid.

At any rate, I'm glad you enjoyed Hodel's book. In my own weird way, I did, too. But it should be remembered that any resemblance therein to any persons living or (especially) dead is strictly coincidentally. Or at least non-actionable.


Elisabeth Reynolds

Thanks for the letter, Elisabeth.

Grandpa's Ghost 

Archaeologists differ on whether the prehistoric objects are tools 

Stalking a Serial Killer 

The Perfect Mystery 

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Edward Herbert Thompson  

Hobbits? We've got a cave full 

New light shed on mystery of Amelia Earhart's final landing  

NSW coast awakes to mystery lights, rumbling 

Fearsome phantom put up for sale 

Family with names BTK mentioned denies any tie 

Homeless Dallas Man Turns Up With Titanic Treasure 

American seeks pirate treasure in Indian Ocean  

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Afghan Poppy Farmers Say Mystery Spraying Killed Crops 

Mystery of Jane Eyre attic solved 

Friday, December 03, 2004

Wichita man freed after being cleared of BTK connection 

New theory on Stonehenge mystery 

Police seeking mystery stripper 

Headless Bodies Found at Mysterious Mexico Pyramid 

Potential Break in 'BTK' Case, or False Alarm? 

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Victim's Son Believes Father Knew BTK Killer 

Unseen Conan Doyle work unveiled 

Could this be part of the Arc of the Covenant? 

The mystery of the Etruscan texts 

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